The Bass Events Archive
Entering its 10th year, a new series of Bass Workout sessions began in Austria on January 13th. Presented by Berklee College of Music professor Jim Stinnett in lab-style learning environments, Bass Workouts are highly structured performance and recording workshops designed for both electric and acoustic bassists which are scheduled regularly throughout the year. Starting on June 16th, bassists from around the United States and abroad will assemble in Manchester, New Hampshire for the 4th annual New Hampshire Bass Festival. Spanning four full days, the New Hampshire Bass Fest will provide bassists of all ages and playing levels with the opportunity to participate in classes led by a global faculty and featuring some of the world's most distinguished educators. ... Read More!
On Saturday, May 2nd, Mojo's Music Academy will present the 4th Mile High Bass Camp in Longmont, Colorado. Opened in 2007 by Berklee College of Music graduate Paul Rogalski, Mojo's Music Academy is a teaching facility dedicated to bringing together bass aficionados, distinguished instructors, and visiting artists who are united by their mutual passion for the instrument. Following a full day of clinics and lessons at the Mile High Bass Camp, the second annual Rocky Mountain Bass Slam is scheduled to take place on May 3rd just down the road in Denver. The Rocky Mountain Bass Slam was founded in 2008 as a fundraiser to donate bass guitars to music programs at local schools in Colorado and features live solo, duo, and trio performances by some of Colorado's finest bassists. ... Read More!
As a professor at Berklee College of Music where he has taught students in labs and private lessons since 1986, Jim Stinnett is recognized as one of the world's leading bass instructors. After issuing his first book, Stinnett formed an independent publishing company to document and distribute his teaching methods which today include a collection of texts covering topics such as jazz bass lines, sight reading, slap bass playing, and the music of Paul Chambers. In addition to his acclaimed instructional books, Stinnett also directs a series of intense weekend workshops called the Bass Workout that are held several times throughout the year. With its third edition scheduled to take place this June at the Manchester Community College, the New Hampshire Bass Fest is an annual 4-day event that brings bass enthusiasts of all performance levels together to participate in a variety of structured daily activities which focus on both traditional and contemporary techniques for electric and acoustic upright bassists. Lectures, lab-style playing classes, product demonstrations, and nightly concerts featuring a group of world-class performers, guest artists, and renowned educators are included in the festivities. Following the success of Jazz Bass, the online course that he authored for Berkleemusic, Stinnett opened the Stinnett Music Online School which takes his methodologies out of the conventional college classroom environment, expands upon the fundamental concepts established in Jazz Bass, and makes it possible for anyone to study with him and other distinguished Stinnett Music Online faculty from anywhere in the world. On January 12, 2009, the first course offered by Stinnett's school, Jazz Bass 2, went online. ... Read More!
From the campus of the Players School of Music in Clearwater, Florida, Jeff Berlin has spent over a decade sharing his teaching philosophy and music principles with bassists, guitarists, keyboardists, and drummers of all playing levels who seek world-class music instruction through proven learning methods. While some of his stances against the utilization of tools such as metronomes, tuners, and tablature are often deemed controversial and will continue to be debated at length, you simply can't argue with the results of his methodologies. Past or present, few bassists have possessed Berlin's musical proficiency and even fewer have demonstrated his sophisticated level of improvisation. Regardless of how you might feel about his positions on music education, Berlin is one of the bass guitar's legendary figures as well as one of the world's greatest bass soloists. ... Read More!
Scheduled in conjunction with the Berks Jazz Festival, Gerald Veasley's Bass Bootcamp is an annual event that is held each March in Reading, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2002 by Veasley, one of today's leading contemporary jazz bassists, to help bassists jumpstart their playing, the Bass Bootcamp has since become one of the most popular and successful yearly bass events in North America. Led by an international faculty of professional bassists whose mission is to inform and inspire students in a challenging yet supportive environment, former clinicians include Michael Manring, Gary Willis, Victor Wooten, Brian Bromberg, Adam Nitti, Victor Bailey, Bakithi Kumalo, Richard Bona, and Doug Wimbish. For three intense days, bass enthusiasts from around the world will gather at the bootcamp to participate in a series of non-stop workshops and clinics that run throughout the day, and at night, campers will have the opportunity to attend world-class festival performances. ... Read More!
The 2007 edition of the European BassDay will take place at the Festhalle in Viersen, Germany on December 9th. Under the direction of Marco Schoots, the European BassDay has become one of the largest annual bass festivals held in Europe. Each year, this event attracts bass enthusiasts of all ages, performance styles, and playing levels from around the world. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in clinics, workshops, and view performances led by internationally acclaimed bassists. Along with these presentations, bassists can check out dozens of exhibits with product demonstrations featuring the latest bass gear and chat with representatives from leading manufacturers. ... Read More!
Paul Rogalski and Mojo's Music Academy in Longmont, Colorado will host the inaugural Mile High Bass Camp on June 30th. Led by the instruction of legendary session bassist Chuck Rainey and bassist extraordinaire Ray Riendeau, attendees will take part in a variety of scheduled activities including clinics, master classes, and performance classes throughout this all-day event before ending with a live concert featuring the camp's clinicians in the evening. Mile High Bass campers will also have the unique opportunity to study privately in one-on-one lessons with the clinicians on the following day. ... Read More!
At the New Hampshire Community Technical College, bassists of all playing levels from around North America will gather for a four-day celebration of the bottom end beginning on June 20th. Over the course of the days that follow, bass aficionados will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of structured daily activities which will focus on both traditional and contemporary techniques for electric and acoustic upright bassists and cover a broad range of styles. Included in these festivities are lectures, demonstrations, lab-style playing classes, master classes, and nightly concerts featuring a group of world-class performers, guest artists, and distinguished educators. In addition to providing the fuel for recharging your musical goals, bass enthusiasts will have access to the expertise shared by the many luthiers, vendors, and equipment manufacturers that will be in attendance to demonstrate their products. ... Read More!
Following the success of last year's inaugural event, the second annual San Francisco Bass Weekend will take place on June 9th and 10th in San Francisco's Mission District. Organized in the format of a college-style workshop and led by a core group of professional instructors including Cory Combs, Drew Waters, Jason Muscat, Damian Erskine, and Matt Aiken, practical and informative classes that have been designed to cover an extensive variety of bass playing subjects will be presented to improve techniques, reinforce concepts, and provide a solid musical foundation for real world applications. Aside from all of the playing opportunities available to each participant throughout the course of the weekend, students will be inspired with additional clinics and performances by Michael Manring, Stuart Hamm, Jeff Schmidt, Jean Baudin, and Todd Johnson. ... Read More!
From October 19 - 22, the second School of Bass workshop will take place in Scottsdale, Arizona. Through an intense schedule of daily classes, clinics, demonstrations, and nightly concerts, participants will have the chance to gain valuable experience from some of today's leading bassists. In small group sessions, core instructors will outline a curriculum that is designed to transcend specific stylistic parameters and develop the fundamental bass-playing skills needed to help realize your immediate goals while large group clinics will be led by the workshop's featured artists to expand your approach and inspire you to set new goals. ... Read More!
Atlanta's premier bass-centric festival, BassUp!, will be held on October 22nd at the Atlanta Institute of Music. In its third year, BassUp! is a yearly celebration that attracts bassists from across the United States and allows them to gather, exchange information, listen to performances, and play music within a bass-focused environment. Included with this year's event is the addition of the Solo Bass Open Mic that will take place on October 20th and provide up-and-coming bassists the opportunity to perform unaccompanied bass in front of other bass enthusiasts. ... Read More!
For the 15th consecutive year, Bozeman, Montana will host the world's longest-running, bass-related event from October 3 - 7. The Bozeman Bass Bash is an annual, non-profit educational workshop where bassists of all playing levels and musical backgrounds can gather to take part in clinics led by bass greats, gain insightful tips to utilizing equipment through tech-based seminars, and witness live performances with world-class bassists. In addition to these presentations, attendees can discuss the latest innovations in bass gear with product representatives from major music corporations, and registered participants also have the opportunity to take home thousands of dollars worth of giveaway prizes. ... Read More!
Beginning on Friday, August 4, bassists from around the United States will converge for a series of educational workshops and performances at the inaugural Lodo Bass Bash in Denver, Colorado. Although the concept of a bass-centric event is not a new one, this will be the first gathering of its kind to be held in the Mile High City. Over the span of two nights and two days, bassists will have the opportunity to meet and receive instruction from some of today's most regarded electric bassists at this non-profit event, and registered attendees will be eligible to win thousands of dollars in prizes courtesy of Lodo Bass Bash sponsors. ... Read More!